The Trend: Scholars for Syria Islam Discussion

Mar 15, 2016

Imam Omar Atia joins University of Evansville students (left to right) Majd Soufan, Walid Hasanato, Ahmad Ismaiel and Basel AlHaj for a panel discussion.
Credit Paola Marizán

University of Evansville students and faculty as well as Evansville community members gather for the lecture and panel discussion.
Credit Paola Marizán

Students from the University of Evansville have decided to take their own action in educating the local community about Syria and explaining what is happening. Consisting of a diverse spectrum of students from all over the world including Syria and the United States, they come together to address the issues Syria and its people face today.

Known as Scholars for Syria, the group has created multiple efforts to accomplish their goals. One of their projects is providing a lecture series to cover an array of issues including religion, xenophobia, politics and more.

Imam Omar Atia gives a lecture over the role of religion in the Syrian conflict.
Credit Paola Marizán

In this Trend program, we bring you the lecture that Imam Omar Atia gave addressing how Syria, a country that previously permitted the freedom of religion, was transformed by an outside group causing an environment of religious intolerance. After his speech, the Imam sits down with some of the University’s Syrian students in a panel discussion to answer questions from the audience.

For more information about the group and the projects that they are working on, you can visit their website at